TEFL Heaven: Take on Thailand with Guaranteed Paid Job!

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About

TEFL Heaven is proud to deliver the TEFL Heaven's Take on Thailand Program, our most popular program!

With low costs of living and Bangkok being the travel hub of South East Asia, Thailand is the perfect place to start teaching and gain experience.

TEFL Heaven's Take on Thailand program will get you ready to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) while you get TEFL certified in a paradise location. With many trainees of the same age (in their twenties or early thirties) it means making friends on your course is easy. We train teachers every 6 months during April and October, just before the start of the school terms.

The Take on Thailand program comes with a GUARANTEED paid job in after the course. Hands on, face-to face learning experience with teaching practice giving you the confidence and all the tools you need to be a successful teacher!

Visit our website and talk to one of our travel and TEFL experts to start your adventure!

Highlights
  • Fully TEFL/ TESOL Certificate after the course
  • Guaranteed job placement after the course
  • Complimentary accommodation during the training course
  • Pre-departure guidance on visas, costs of living and salary guides and connections with previous teachers
  • Lifetime worldwide job assistance from our team

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Experience 3 weeks fully immersive TEFL/ TESOL training in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico with a guaranteed paid work placement within 30 days of your course ending and a lifetime, worldwide job assistance guarantee!

Questions & Answers

With TEFL Heaven, Asia teachers are required to be from the age of 20 - 55 years old. In Latin America and Europe you would be required to be between the ages of 18 and 65.

Yes. It says on the website: FOR THOSE WITHOUT A BACHELORS DEGREE If you do not have a bachelors degree you can receive a guaranteed paid teaching job on this program: PUERTO VALLARTA & PAID JOB MEXICO If you have not yet acquired your bachelors degree yet, but are still studying, you are also eligible for the guaranteed paid teaching job, as long as you get your degree certificate sent to you...

Reviews

94%
based on 74 reviews
  • Benefits 8.8
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 8.6
  • Facilities 9.1
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 9.1
  • Support 9.7
  • Value 9
  • Academic Rigor 6.3
  • Job Assistance 9.7
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Briana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience in TEFLHeaven Krabi 2016

I had a wonderful experience while participating in TEFLHeaven Krabi October 2016.

Pros:

4. Krabi is gorgeous and has decent nightlife. It's nearby a lot of fun islands to visit as well (Go to Phi Phi for a weekend, so fun!). Also, our hotel was clean and beautiful.

3. This program is intensely social. It's perfect for someone who has just graduated college and doesn't have a ton of travel experience (you'll likely befriend someone who will become your travel buddy). It's not so perfect for my fellow independent introverts, but you have down time every day that you can use to escape and explore the town on your own, and it's certainly nice to always have the option to be with others.

2. The manual used by this course is particularly good. It includes sections on Classroom Management, how a Language Teacher differs from a Traditional Teacher, how to Present Vocabulary and Grammar, how to Lesson Plan, how to teach to different Learning Styles, and basically every major topic every new teacher should be taught.

1. Our Main Trainer Kelly was out of this world phenomenal. Krabi could be a miserable place (it's not) and I would still recommend you select the Krabi location JUST to be taught by Kelly. Seriously, she's that amazing. I taught for two years in the USA before participating in this program and left American public education disappointed. Kelly completely renewed my faith in myself as a teacher. She gave me so many teaching strategies and tools of the trade and inspired so much confidence (shout out to Kelly: real talk, you da literal best.)

Cons:
3. The wifi in our hotel was abysmal. If you use your phone frequently, my best advice is: buy a sim card at the airport and pay for the best internet you can get monthly (I have AIS and was on it virtually the entire time).

2. We happened to be in Krabi during a particularly rainy season, so we didn't get to be outside as much as we would have liked. Just luck of the draw!

1. If you want to have a good time, expect to spend. Yes, things are cheaper over here, but many people don't get their first paycheck until the first week of December. During your first month, you have to take care of food/any touring you would like to do and it's very easy to blow your budget. The second month requires even more money from you (food, bedding, deposits on housing, a motorbike (if the town you will be teaching in doesn't have a ton of public transportation), and whatever materials/necessities you can't live without.

Oh, also, prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for possibly loving it so much here that you never want to go home.

What would you improve about this program?
This program could be improved by serving free food on Welcome Day. :)
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Elizabeth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Do it!!!

Whether you want to travel, just finished school or bored with your job....this is an amazing experience that you will never forget! You will be certified to teach anywhere in the world and you will meet amazing people with like minded goals! The training from TEFL Heaven truly did prepare me to teach in a foreign country. My favorite was that they also taught you about the culture and the language. My first semester I taught in Ayutthaya and before I even got there I was able to speak many different phrases in Thai. The trainers are incredible and are never truly "off the clock." They are always there to help you whether it is about the course, something emotional or you ate weird street food and need a lift and a translator to the doctor. They helped train us and be ready to teach in Thailand as well as an emotional support system! Stop thinking about it and do it!

What would you improve about this program?
Teach more games that cater to when you have to teach larger (50+) children in a small classroom with desks, so no room for running or making a circle...etc.
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Danielle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Koh Phangan Best 3 weeks ever!!

How to begin?! These past 3 weeks have been nothing short of amazing. I did not know coming into this how much I would grow as a person. Of course I had hopes/ thoughts about it but really no expectations. From arriving to the welcome day social to the last couple days of the training, I had never felt so "in the right place". If you're wondering what you should do after college or just with your life... this is a great place to be. You might not do it forever, but it's an experience that challenges you and helps you grow in ways that you would never get from wherever you are from. My advice is to not rush into a job or lifestyle you didn't choose. Choose to do something more with your life. Don't settle. Moving across the world to teach English helps you define who you are more and more, while also being extremely rewarding. You have a long life ahead of you (hopefully) to work and do boring things. Not everyone gets the chance to do something like this, so if you are contemplating it.. I say GO FOR IT!!

What would you improve about this program?
Possibly being more realistic about where we will be placed from the beginning.
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Luke
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Three Weeks I've Had In a While

So after doing Semester at Sea in 2014, I figured I would never have an experience like it again. Then I did the TEFL Heaven Internship on Samui. I met some of the greatest people I will ever meet, learn some incredible things about teaching I wouldn't have learned anywhere else, and had the most fun I've had in a long time. The teachers and staff were amazing kind and fantastic (shout out to SUZE), the accommodations were wonderful (shoutout to MAMA at the Joy), the other students are now some of my best friends (shoutout to FAMUI), and I am so incredibly happy I decided to sign up for this program. If you are at all interesting in teaching English, getting your TEFL, and living in Thailand, then my goodness what are you doing reading this? Sign up, quickly! Go!!

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Nichole
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If you're thinking about it, just do it!

I couldn't have had a better TEFL training experience--tell me about another program that gives you experience teaching local students, support from experienced trainers (who have usually done the TEFL Heaven program themselves), plus the chance to live on an island for three weeks! I had absolutely no teaching experience prior to my program but I feel like it gave me the skills I needed to start. Not only do you get to work at an English Camp and prepare lessons for real kids, but throughout the entire course (starting day one!) you'll teach each other as if you are students. It sounds a little silly, but I loved being able to see the ideas that my other trainees came up with that I get to use in my classes now. I feel confident in my abilities as a teacher, whereas had I just been thrown into my class I'd feel completely overwhelmed. The program is also fantastic due to the fact that I got to meet a group of like-minded, adventurous individuals that are all going through the same experience as I am. I know that I can count on any of them, and any of my trainers, for any questions, support, or advice I might need. Sure, you can take a course online...but why not just take the leap?

Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

BEST decision I have ever made!! If you are even thinking about it just do it, you won't regret it!

I had always wanted to come back to Thailand to embark on a change of career as a teacher. When I first arrived in Bangkok I had a moment of fear but once starting the course, meeting all the other lovely teachers and trainers all my worries subsided.

The course and people who have supported me throughout this process have been incredible and always went above and beyond all my expectations. I feel I have been well prepared from a teaching perspective as well as cultural and being able to fit into the Thai lifestyle.

I have learnt so much about myself throughout the course and my confidence has gone through the roof! On my first day thinking how could I go from almost no teaching experience to being responsible a classroom of children who may not even be able to speak English and being able to deliver an effective lesson but now I feel I am there and have all the right tools and mindset on how to be a good English teacher.

I am so grateful for everything TEFL heaven have done for me and if you are reading reviews trying to decide which programme to go with (i2i, studying at home etc.) I would 100% tell you to go with TEFL heaven. They set you up for life here like no one else can and you will love it from the moment you arrive!

What would you improve about this program?
I cannot think of a single bad thing to say about my experience thus far.

Yes you will have your moments, its Thailand of course! But TEFl heaven are incredibly supportive and no matter what will always just be an email, call or LINE away which is so reassuring.
Madeleine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Expectations exceeded

I had looked into doing a TEFL course for years and didn’t stumble across TEFL Heaven until the last minute. I’m so thankful that I did! Have just spent the last three weeks in a nice hotel in Phuket getting qualified. We had fantastic trainers and I’m feeling ready to take on the Thai students for real. The course is super practical and all about sharing ideas and activities to build up a bank of lessons to take to your school, of course there is a little theory thrown in there too. The main man, Mike, was always on the other end of the phone to help if you had any issues, but really there were none because the trainers had it down. I’m very happy I decided to do a face-to-face TEFL course as opposed to one online and would 100% recommend TEFL Heaven to anyone interested in teaching English overseas. Not only is the course great, you also get to spend three weeks with 20 (ish) others you’ve never met before, I sure way to make friends if you’re taking this on alone.

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Jay
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My TEFL Heaven experience on Kata beach

THE best decision you could ever make! I can wholeheartedly recommend TEFL Heaven without any hesitation - this has been an incredible 3 weeks of my life and here's a few reasons why:

- the trainers were experienced, approachable and genuinely wanted us to do well (thank you Louise, Mary T and Dao!). They were also up late tending to anyone with illness and even made hospital runs (an allergic reaction just as you're about to give a lesson!)

- lots of opportunities for team bonding during the course with loads of games and competitions etc

- the location! A beautiful resort with a swimming pool a few hundred metres from the beach

- the course was well organised and the trainers or Mike were easily reached to sort out any problems (visas, placements etc)

- it was nice to have school placements sorted for us - a big weight of your shoulders

- most importantly, I have met an amazing group of people who I can now call my friends - I did the course on my own without knowing anyone and within the first day of arriving in Bangkok I had met 5 of my coursemates (tefl heaven set up a Facebook group weeks in advance to help everyone get to know each other) and knew instantly that I'd made the right decision

My one reservation for booking with TEFL heaven was the type of people that I might be doing the course with but they have all been amazing - I suppose it makes sense that you are going to meet like-minded people and that TEFL heaven have a good selection process for choosing people with a genuine interest in teaching and expanding their horizons.
So, if you've taken the time to read reviews on TEFL heaven then you're considering it-I would suggest you go and do it!

What would you improve about this program?
Hard to think of any negatives for the course - I feel ready to teach and am raring to go! The trainers were superb and helped everyone to settle in and get to know each other, whilst also aiding with understanding Thai culture. The hotel was amazing-it's going to be hard to get used to staying in hostels again :(
So overall, excellent value for money
Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Tefl Heaven Experience

The Tefl Heaven experienece has been one that will be looked upon as a wonderful experience that has given me life long memories and friendships. I would reccomend this opportunity to all who are looking to gain a professional life experience that will allow you to travel the world, and positivley touch people's lives. I've grown so much through this course and I'm so excited to start teaching! Thank you to my all Tefl Trainers and to the whole Tefl Heaven company for making this one of the best choices I've made!!

Ella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Tefl heaven Samui

If you're unsure on whether to do a TEFL course online or spend a bit more and have quality face to face training on a paradise island, I can say that this TEFL course is worth every penny. The guidance and support from the whole TEFL Heaven team has been invaluable and you never feel in the dark. Training and living on Samui for 3 weeks was incredible- the teaching from our main trainer Suzanne was first class and there was nothing better than finishing a long day of training by unwinding on the beach. I had the most amazing time exploring the island on our weekends off and it made me so excited knowing that this was going to become part of my reality. I am absolutely loving my time here so far- teaching is very rewarding and there's nothing better than spending my weekends exploring Thailand with the most incredible people I met through training. Moving country and starting a new job is very daunting, but I feel that TEFL Heaven have done their best to make the transition as smooth as possible. It's also very reassuring to know that I could email or phone any of the team from TEFL Heaven and they would do their upmost to help. Thanks for everything!

What would you improve about this program?
Along with the visa fees and other costs, maybe a warning that you will be living off of half a months wages for the first month. This could allow people to save a bit more money.
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Nick
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Heaven

If you are contemplating teaching abroad with TEFL but you're worried about not adapting, feeling lonely, struggling to see yourself in a classroom or lacking confidence in any way - reset your mind and just do it anyway! I wish I had woken up, stopped fretting and sat this course a long time ago without deliberation.

Studying on an island where there are so many excursions and cool locations is like a dream come true. The quality of teaching is also really thorough and exciting. Our main trainer (Suzanne) was amazing and so enthusiastic! She made us all so excited to start working and imparted tons of wisdom whilst also being really supportive! Training was hilarious, competitive, fun and more informal than I'd imagined. However, the best perk of the entire training programme was the sense of community that was generated on Samui. When travelling, you make acquaintances and decent friends but with TEFL, you will bond with an amazing bunch of people and construct true, life-long friendships. I've already made multiple future plans with my fellow trainees which include further travel, and potential work in other Asian countries. I can't wait to see how the TEFL stepping stone will effect my life in years to come.

This experience, as brilliant and rewarding as it is, is just the beginning. I know that once I'm done in Thailand, the show will go on! Don't be afraid or look back. If you have the smallest inkling that working abroad may suit you, just take the gamble and do it while you can!

What would you improve about this program?
For me, the experience was perfect and I wouldn't change any aspect. Other trainees that I have spoken to have said that their accommodation during training was poor in certain ways. Perhaps make this part of the journey more comfortable.
Aimee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best decision of my life!!

I came to thailand as a Social Care Worker with no prior experience of teaching and I am now currently teaching Kindergarden, primary classes while also tutoring police cadets all thanks to TEFL Heaven. This time last year I never would have thought I would be a foreign teacher. I love every minute of being over here. The ideas and skills I have taken from my TEFL heaven course are invaluable and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about taking the big scary step of joining this ever growing family of TEFLers over in Thailand. Yes it is daunting and scary but once you walk into the TEFL classroom all that instantly fades away. I had the best time with the most amazing people (trainers and trainees) who I never would have crossed paths with if it wasn't for this. I wouldn't change it for the world!! #SamuiCrewie

What would you improve about this program?
More opportunities to teach in schools/camps. I definitely learned more when it was with the children and not 'acting or preforming' in front of friends. Also more time spent on higher classes like higher P and M
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Mary
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best decision ever!!

Tefl heaven is the way to go!! It was the best decision I have ever made! I was nervous at first as I wasn't a teacher but I am so happy I choosed this programme!! I trained in Koh Samui and met absolutely wonderful people..friends for life! Not only was I lucky to have an amazing group my trainer and assistant trainers were the best!! Anyone wondering about travelling and may not have enough money this course is ideal! You get to work and travel at the same time! The cost of living over here is cheap and you can do so much with your money! The programme is thought in a classroom to give you great experience of what it is like to be in class again. You are also brought to an English camp so you get the feel for teaching while you are still learning. I have just finished my first week teaching in a primary school and I absolutely love it! I would recommend everyone to do the tefl heaven programme as the guys and girls there are always there for you, even after the course they still want to keep in contact with you so you never really are alone! They give you assistance with everything so you are never really alone! Mike and the team are always available to take your call/email. So apply now to be part of the next tefl heaven group - they have many locations which are filled very quickly so go now apply for the most life changing experience you will ever have! P.S. Bring loads of sun cream!!!

Colleen
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A course that changed my life!

I was fortunate enough to win the TEFL Heaven competition, but that in no way influences my view on this company. I hands down would recommend this course to anyone looking to become TEFL qualified. I also do not exaggerate when I say this course changed my life. I had not long graduated and was living in London unemployed, work availability is low in London and not paid well, making my time there as a graduate near impossible and a miserable one. However I was fortunate enough to win this competition, which I feel is a miracle. I was stuck in a rut with no idea what my career choice was, because I knew my major was not something I wanted to pursue. This course enabled me to build friendships with the most incredible people not to mention it also increased my confidence, I experienced the most amazing and fun filled time in Thailand and the bonus was, I found my calling in life! I am now a TEFL teacher in Korea and what I love about my job is not only do I get to have fun teaching children 5 days a week, I have the opportunity to travel which would never have been possible without this qualification.

The course itself was set in a fantastic location (I was based in Krabi) the staff looked after us well and ensured our safety, the staff they employed were suited for the job and of course were knowledgeable and supportive. I am forever grateful for having such amazing trainers, they were not just trainers but also great friends. The English camp was so much fun and honestly not one day goes by when I don't miss the duration of the course, there were challenges along the way and I felt tested at times, but the positives by far outweigh the negatives. Also, Mike is a great point of contact, he does listen to your messages and will respond promptly.

That's just a few of the many pros of my experience and I did have one con which I feel is not directly the fault of TEFL Heaven but the agency who finally took me on board for my placement, to put it nicely they were not someone I enjoyed working for and I felt I had a terrible time working at the school I was placed at. However, Mike was only too happy to help and offered to place me somewhere else. If I had not sought work myself I would have gladly accepted his offer. So even when you feel like you are a having a difficult time at your school or your placement agency, be rest assured Mike or other TEFL Heaven staff are only a phone call, email or a message away. You are not alone and they are willing to offer you advice and assistance if required.

Thank you TEFL Heaven for helping me find myself! All the best!

What would you improve about this program?
The internet connection at the resort we stayed at really wasn't the best, but I feel most of Thailand's internet connection isn't that great.
Christine
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Heaven- an excellent springboard to overseas opportunities

Enrolling in the TEFL Heaven Internships Thailand course was the best decision I could've made post-graduation. It gave me the opportunity to explore my career interests in a safe environment. It also opened my eyes to the plentiful options that exist for overseas employment. Although I decided that I didn't want to pursue a career in teaching upon returning to the U.S., I did figure out that I wanted to work within the field of International Education in an administrative capacity. The experience that TEFL Heaven cultivated abroad has since led me to pursue a Master's degree in International Education.

What would you improve about this program?
The on-site staff could be more transparent about the cultural shock that may be experienced if a teacher moves to a town where there are no other foreigners. I think that in the excitement of placement, teachers overlook this factor, settle in at their schools, and later feel isolated. Although this is a natural reaction to the challenges of cultural immersion, I think that it should still be addressed in a pre-departure session hosted by TEFL Heaven on intercultural communication and health/wellness abroad.